After much research we found PPP to be our place. It wasn't too fancy, but had a great vibe via social media and reviews. We quickly learned that Tulum was going to be more expensive than we initially thought, but despite the steep beach prices everyone told us it was worth it. Once arriving, we had to remind ourselves, yes there is a rustic chic feel, but we were still very much in a developing country. Communication will be a barrier, logistics a little tricker and pace of life a lot slower.
Riley and I arrived in Cancun mid morning and had a impressively easily process through customs. We walk out grab a beer from the welcome bar and find our shuttle, within about 15 min we are on our way. Expedia offered certified shuttles, so we booked this prior to arriving. The shuttle holds 12 people, but we had it to ourselves! Our driver pulled into a local convenience store and we stocked up on supplies. By noon we are at PPP. Our room wasn't quite ready, so we dropped our bags and headed to Les Bains Beach Club, located on the property. This is a pop up beach club that would be there through March 2019. The clouds were thick and rain started to trickle in, but it didn't stop the bar tenders from making drinks of perfection or the DJ from spinning afternoon jamz. Our leisurely afternoon was wonderful. We made our way to our Oceanfront Casita with a pool. It's spacious, has an open concept, roof top deck and pool looking out to the ocean.
Wake up. Stretch. Breakfast overlooking the ocean. Lay on beach!
Our next Cenote is Grand Cenote, the cost is $10 and by now it's pouring rain, we wait a minute the just make the mad dash to the watering hole. We only got one picture. But this cenote was full of caves you could swim in and out of, turtles swimming with us and again clear blue water!
Azulik for a drink and to check out her tree house room! While this place is very very architecturally beautiful, some aspects are not practical. There is no electricity, this means in the evening you use your flashlight on your phone or have a staff member guide you through the jungle bridges, steps and swings to your room. Most rooms have no shower, just baths and again, no light in the room after the sunsets other than two candle wall sconces. Flats are the only way to go, well unless you are Riley.
Hartwood! Hartwood is beside Gitano and like Gitano, tucked in the jungle. It's open air with very little coverage, so we were glad the rain held off. Everything is prepared daily and they use local/ fresh ingredients. We secured a table in the middle which was great for people watching under candle light! Every. Single. Thing. We. Ate. Was. Delicious.
Ice Scream Bar for drinks and live music. The bartenders are taking shots, the wait staff is dancing around and there is not sign of this slowing down anytime soon!
We meander down to the beach town to check out the local shops and to eat at Posada Margherita. Talk about a beautiful setting. We eat handmade Italian and more fresh cocktails. The service was well below average, but it's a beach setting and the view was amazing.
Kin Toh. We had a voucher to use, which meant our dinner was comp'd. There are beautiful rounded tables nestled over the jungle, but they come with a price tag of $1,000 per table. You know the prices are on the high end, when they are listed no where on the menu! The food was creative, beautifully plated, the staff very well educated on the menu and their manners impressive. If I went back to Tulum, would I have dinner here again? Probably not. The food was good, but not spectacular and the pricing was way to high. We were grateful for the hotel voucher and beautiful views, but you can def find better food for cheaper prices in Tulum! I Would suggest skipping the fancy meal and have a drink and listen to the live music in the bar area. Once in the bar you have access to the dining room and incredible views!
Sunday is full beach day. There isn't a cloud in the sky, we have our tent and our waiter. The seaweed has been swept up and hauled off and the water is the most beautiful blue. We sit here all day, until a storm rolls in!
Aruma was our home for the night. We booked the apartment, that slept 4 and it was $128 for the night!
We loved this little hotel. The staff was very friendly, there was a cute boutique in the hotel where The girls thoughtfully gifted me a cool pair of earrings. Muun creates earrings from paper made in the Yukatan with old Mayan techniques! Once we were all checked in and showered it was time to explore.
We wandered the streets looking for the best place to eat dinner. We came across a place recommended by the hotel staff on the beach. Tres Galeones. From the moment we saw it, we knew this was our spot. Ivy and plants overgrown the front facade, candles everywhere and a ship theme. We ordered a few apps to share and then tacos / burritos. IT. WAS. SO. GOOD! From dinner, street vendors lured us in with trinkets, tassels and bars that had live music.
Sleep in a litte, have a wonderful homemade fresh breakfast of eggs and avocado toast accompanied with juice and coffee toast and make our way home! Grab your ladies and head to Mexico!